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Work Like a Mother: A Program by Jessie Wilde

Jessie Wilde is a mom of five who left the corporate world to create a consulting business that specializes in helping family-owned small businesses, nonprofits, and “mompreneurs” looking to start and sustain their business. Jessie started this program as a part-time business after suffering a late-term miscarriage due to stress from her job that left no time for health, wellness, and family. Because of this, she works to help others manage their time, automate, outsource, and create boundaries so they can have a career and still care for themselves and their family.

In 2020, Jessie was able to quit her nine to five job and focus on her business full-time. With so many working mothers leaving their careers to stay home because of the pandemic, Jessie knew she had to find a way to help. She created a new program for working moms looking to break free from a nine to five or corporate career to start their own business. And so, the Work Like a Mother program was born. This group program tackles the common issues faced by mothers learning to start, register, manage, and market their businesses. The “mompreneurs” come with an idea and leave with a running and registered business in just nine weeks. The hybrid course meets virtually and in-person on a weekly basis with live instruction, documented online resources, and a printed workbook. Support continues after the course through mentorship and a Facebook group of fellow career moms. 

The Work Like a Mother program costs $595 per participant. Through this program, 15 women will learn, grow, and build their businesses together. With the support of a Community Empowerment Small Grant from the Community Foundation, Jessie is excited to offer full scholarships to five women and a reduced rate of $295 to five more moms. 

“Programs like Work Like a Mother are designed to strengthen families and empower our community, and that is exactly what this grant will provide,” said Jessie. “I am so thankful for the Community Foundation and their support.”

Jessie hopes to grow her program and offer it to more women with the help of local mentors, businesses, and nonprofits to act as sponsors. Women can register online at or email for more information. Any businesses or organizations looking to help as a mentor or to sponsor a mother, please contact Jessie at (231) 557-2378.